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Slow-Cooker Five-Spice Pork with Snap Peas

Scott Phillips

Servings: 4

Chinese five-spice powder, garlic, ginger, and Asian chili sauce supercharge this sweet and spicy pork stew with flavor. The prep work for the dish is super quick, and the rest of the time is hands-off. Simply start it earlier in the day to enjoy a dinner that requires no work later. Serve with white or brown rice.


  • 1/2 cup Shaoxing (Chinese rice wine) or dry sherry
  • 1/2 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 Tbs. Asian chili sauce, such as Sriracha
  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. grated fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp. Chinese five-spice powder
  • 2 lb. boneless pork shoulder, trimmed of excess fat, and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 lb. sugar snap peas (fresh or frozen), trimmed

Nutritional Information

      Calories (kcal) : 480
      Fat Calories (kcal): 160
      Fat (g): 17
      Saturated Fat (g): 7
      Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 2
      Monounsaturated Fat (g): 8
      Cholesterol (mg): 140
      Sodium (mg): 1250
      Carbohydrates (g): 24
      Fiber (g): 2
      Protein (g): 47


  • In a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker, combine the Shaoxing, soy sauce, brown sugar, chili sauce, garlic, ginger, five-spice powder, and 1/2 cup water.
  • Lightly season the pork with pepper. Add the pork to the slow cooker and stir to coat. Cook, covered, until fork-tender, 4 to 5 hours on high or 6 to 7 hours on low.
  • Add the sugar snap peas and cook until crisp-tender, about 10 minutes. Serve.


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  • aka_betty | 04/01/2017

    This if a great slow cooker recipe. I would next time use a little more hot sriracha. Hit with everyone even my fussiest eater.

  • CA_HILLS | 01/02/2017

    We make this a few times every winter, and it's always a hit. We serve it over white jasmine rice, usually. The meat is tender. You get a good serving of healthy veggies during winter. Not only does it taste great, but the fivespice in the slow cooker makes the house smell great, too.

  • mmeckstr | 03/01/2015

    Wow - this is amazing!! The best and easiest slow cooker recipe I've ever tried. We make this all the time. Once you stock up on base ingredients, you only need to buy the pork and the sugar snap peas each time.

  • FredCo | 02/08/2015

    I loved this dish. Very flavorful. The kids actually ate it up! I thought the snap peas added a nice textural contrast. We actually forgot to add them until the last minute and they worked out really well. I prefer them tender crisp with a little snap to them, and that is how they turned out. The only change I had to make was to thicken the sauce with 2 tbsp of corn starch, whisked into 1 cup of sauce from the slow cooker and heated to boiling in the microwave, then added back into the dish.

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